Putting in work

by Thea Derby

The lowest number of employees are high school students

The lowest number of employees are high school students

Jobs, a necessity to get by for nearly everyone. We all know that after many years of schooling you’re expected to get a job. Some students haven’t even really thought about it, others have only thought about possibilities, and then there are the students that are already employed.

Stanley Godfrey, a junior at Nathan Hale, has been building Bootleggers’ Club sandwiches at Jimmy Johns for about three months. This is his first job and so far it’s going well.

“It’s very fun,” he said, then pauses. “In the beginning there was a lot hassle because the whole thing about it is you’re supposed to be super fast. When I started I wasn’t that fast so people would really pressure you.”

Godfrey is part of the 16 percent.

All over the world there are working young people. In the US only 16 percent of high school students are employed.

Godfrey chose to get a job while in high school for the money.

“I just bought a car,” he said.

Working students face challenges. Getting homework done, being able to understand, and keep up. Fortunately Godfrey only works Sundays. However he still feels the pressure of homework.

“I would say it’s hard but if you want the money then you’ll be able to just do it. You’ll have the willpower.” He said.
To any student questioning getting a job in the near Godfrey suggests to just be prepared for a lot of work and being really busy.

Weekend jobs are great for athletes and already busy students but, what about the students who work during the week? How are they affected and what is their input?
Senior student, Lucy Innes works three days a week at Illumination Learning Studio. This is a recently acquired job and so far she said it’s going well. Illumination learning studio is an after school care for kids ages 6 to 12 where the kids will be engaged with music and art lessons. The main focus of the studio is to keep kids learning after the school day ends and to help them with developing “inner personal skills and respect.”

“Yeah, I enjoy it. It’s a bit stressful” Innes said before mentioning why she became employed. “I wanted money,” she laughs “and job experience.”

Innes is a running start student. This means that she only has first and second period at Hale and that one of them is a TA position.

“Since I am at running start I have a much easier load. The only class that gives me homework this quarter is calculus and so it’s incredibly easy.” She does however believe as the year progresses that it will become more challenging due to taking more classes at North Seattle Community College.

Parents play a role with their kids having a job. Innes said that they have been very supportive about her working.

“My parents have been trying to convince me to get a job, since before I was even old enough to get a job.” She pauses in thought then smiles “I think they’re quite pleased with this, especially for monetary reasons.”
Since Innes works with kids, the topic of what she hopes they as individuals get from her being there was mentioned. “I want them to see me as a role model… and to grow from my experiences with them and for them to have a more open mind.”

“It was partly me encouraging her to get a job and also her dad’s a little bit and Lucy herself.” Julie Nachtwey, Lucy Innes’s mother said.

When asked about how she thought the job was going she thought for a bit, a thoughtful expression crossed her face.

“It sounds like- since I’m not there and I only hear her reactions when she gets back. I think it’s going…good.”

Nachtwey explained that she thinks that having a job in high school is a good experience. She said that it could give a student an idea on what kind of stuff they’ll need to deal with in a workplace, that’s different from at home or in school.
She also mentions some fears she has about Lucy working.

“I sometimes wonder if her time would be better spent taking more classes and being in an environment around other teens.”

If a student is planning on working while still in school it would be a good plan to consider pros and cons. Having to give up free time, take up more responsibility, and possibly more stress.

Photo by Child Trends Data Bank


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